The most common passwords for 2015 were contained in the fifth annual “Worst Passwords List” from SplashData. Recently published SplashData compile the report using data from over 2 million passwords that were leaked in 2015. What is evident from the information in the report from SplashData is how much of a cybersecurity risk these common passwords pose for individuals and organisations.
In an effort to highlight the dangers associated with having basic or common passwords, SplashData compiled the top 25 most common passwords in 2015. “We hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will take steps to strengthen their passwords,” said SplashData CEO Morgan Slain.
However despite the increased awareness, “123456” and “password” once again top the list of the most commonly used passwords, as they have since SplashData’s first list in 2011, clearly demonstrating the cybersecurity risks involved.
“We have seen an effort by many people to be more secure by adding characters to passwords, but if these longer passwords are based on simple patterns they will put you in just as much risk of having your identity stolen by hackers”, said SplashData CEO Morgan Slain.
Here are 5 tips from The Institute of Cyber Security:
- Ensure that your password is at least 12 characters long and contains a mix of characters and numbers in lowercase and uppercase.
- Use a password manager to generate passwords and to organise them.
- Change your passwords regularly, ideally at least every 60 days.
- Avoid passwords that you will find in a dictionary, using random letters, numbers and symbols where possible.
- Never use the same password for multiple platforms.
Top 25 Passwords from the ‘Worst Password List’ 2015